Category Archives: Professionalism

What to look for in a boss

Most people don’t often get the chance to interview or pick their next boss. It has actually happened to me a few times in my career. The first time, I had no idea what to look-for, or what to ask. … Continue reading

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Raising over-performers

Years ago, I was in a company that wrote software for other companies. We had a great reputation and our sales reps were doing a great job at bringing us more work to do. It didn’t take long for my … Continue reading

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Why it’s not my fault, why it is, and why it doesn’t matter

When things go bad, people have a tendency to want to blame folks. It is a bad habit, but people do it anyway. When I was much younger, I had trouble shouldering responsibility. When things went wrong, I didn’t want … Continue reading

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Why your projects don’t seem to get “done” (part 3)

Okay, so let’s say that you are a shrewd manager, and you are certain that your requirements are crystal-clear, your scope is contained, and yet, stuff isn’t getting “done”. In that case, part 1 & part 2 (of this article) … Continue reading

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Why you don’t need college, and why you do

Back 100 years ago, books were super-expensive. Think about the availability of paper, printing, and means to distribute books. Plus think about supply/demand. How many people needed a history book or calculus book. 100 years ago, people were mostly concerned … Continue reading

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Triage: picking your battles vs being lazy

A few years back, I joined a team that had a lot of problems. I mean A LOT of problems. To give you an idea: the team wasn’t even fixing the problems. They retreated to the point of documenting “the … Continue reading

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Troubleshooting, and 3rd parties

Working on a project, with another vendor, is not always the walk-through-the-park that one might expect.  I’ve done this a few times in my career. Like with anything, there is some good and some bad. When things are going good, … Continue reading

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